Interventions and strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections with short-term indwelling urinary catheters in hospitalized patients: An integrative review

Shuhui Yu, Andrea P. Marshall, Jing Li, Frances Lin

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Abstract

Aim: To explore interventions and strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitalized patients with a short-term indwelling urinary catheter. 

Background: Interventions and strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections are reported in the literature, but it is not clear which might be relevant when the indwelling urinary catheter is in place for a short period of time.

Methods: An integrative review was performed. A search was undertaken in databases using the following search terms: “urinary catheter, bladder catheter OR urethral catheter*”and “bundl* OR care OR manag* OR intervent*.” Electronic databases were searched up until June 2019. Manual searching of reference lists of included studies was undertaken. Twelve studies reported in 15 articles were identified and analysed by two independent reviewers. 

Results: Multifaceted interventions were informed by evidence-based protocols or guidelines. Implementation strategies included local adaption of guidelines or protocols, use of an opinion leader, audit and feedback, multidisciplinary team involvement, reminders and stop orders, and education and training. 

Conclusion: Multifaceted, evidence-based interventions to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections are effective in preventing infections in patients with short-term urinary catheters. However, there is little evidence to inform which combined strategies are more likely to be effective.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12834
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • clinical practice guidelines
  • hospitalized patients
  • integrative review
  • short-term catheterization

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